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Name:

Pollination group:

Wickson Crab

Identification: Small to very small, round conic. Yellow base colour washed red on the sun-exposed face.

Characteristics: The flesh is white, firm. Juicy. Very sweet and quite tart and intensely flavoured. Spicy peach-apple flavour. When grown in cooler climates, the acidity tends to be more pronounced.

Uses: For hard cider, it is usually blended with @6539 and/or @7280. Favoured for making crabapple jelly, partly because of a high pectin content. Also good as a pollinator for other apples since it blossoms early, over a period of two weeks and the abundance of flowers produces large amounts of high grade, viable pollen.

Origins: A cross of Esopus Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin developed in the late 1920s by Albert Etter at Humboldt County, California (U.S.A.). Named for Etter's colleague, E.J. Wickson. Introduced in 1944.

Cultivation: Vigorous. Bears fruit on first and second year growth. Produces heavy annual crops. Hangs well, but sensitive to rain. On its own roots, it tends to grow quite large, so it needs to be grafted onto semi-dwarfing rootstock (Geneva tends to produce the best crops).

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: A good choice for cider, particularly when a moderate dose of acidity is needed, also useful for raising the Brix to boost alcohol content. For hard cider, it is usually blended with Virginia Crab and/or Harrison Crab . Favoured for making crabapple jelly, partly because of a high pectin content. Also good as a pollinator for other apples since it blossoms early, over a period of two weeks and the abundance of flowers produces large amounts of high grade, viable pollen.

Cold storage: Keeps well when grown in cooler climates, but becomes mealy and starts to rot rather quickly after harvest in hot areas.

Vulnerabilities: Susceptible to scab, mildew, fire blight and cedar apple rust. There is a problem with cracking some years.

Harvest: Toward the end of the fourth period or the start of the fifth.

Juice classification: Sweetsharp

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cider, Jelly

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 10

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 11


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Associated apples:

Crimson Gold
Crimson Gold
Type: Dessert, Juice, Pie

characteristics: Crisp and crunchy. Spicy and slightly tangy.

Synonyms: Originally called Little Rosybloom by breeder Albert Etter.